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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

82                                                       BAHtTIA-BAH'.
Some reminiscence of iie ancient importance of Maholi would seem to have
long survived; for though so close to Mathura, it was, in Akbar's time and
for many years subsequently, the head of a local division, By the sacred
wood is a pond called Madhu-knnd and a temple dedicated to Krishna under
Ms title of Chatiir-bhnj, where an annual uaela is held on the llth of the dark
fortnight of BMdcn.
From MahoHj the pilgrims turn south to Tal-ban, i the palm grove/ where
Balarintawas attacked by the demon Dhenuk. The Tillage in which it is
situated is called Tarsi, probably in allusion to the legend ; though locally the
name is referred only to the founder, one Tara Chand, a KachhwaM Thakur,
who in quite modern time moved to it from Satoha, a place a few miles off on
the road to Gobardhais. They then visit Kuaiud-ban, f of the many water-lilies/
in Uncha-ginw, and Bahula-ban in BathI, where the cow Bahula, being seized
by a tiger, begged the savage beast to spare her life for a few minutes, while she
went away and gave suck to her little one. On her return, bringing the calf
with her, the tiger vanished and Krishna appeared in his stead; for it was the
god himself who had made this test of her truthfulness. The event is comme-
morated by the little shrine of Bahula Grae? still standing on the margin of the
Krishna-kand.* They nest pass through the villages of Tos, Jakhin-ganw,
and Mukharaij and arrive at Radha-kund, where are the two famous tanks
* The Tillage of Bithi, lias long1 been held mn&fi, by the Gurus of the Eaja of Bharatpur,
lor the use of the temple o£ Siti Rain,, of -which they are the hereditary mahants. The shrine
stands within the walls of the Tillage fort, built by Mafaant Bam KIsfaan Das in the time of Su-
raj Mali. The first ztsniffiars were £&!£!•, but more recently Brahmans and Kacbhwahas. They
hare soid 8 biawi® of their estate to the muafidar, which hare now been made a eeparate mahal.
The saered grore of Batrala-ban. from which the place derives iti name (originally Bahnlarati)
U separated from the village by a large pond, which has three broad flights of masonry steps in
front of the little cell called the Go H&ndir. In this is a bas-relief of tlie famous cow and its
emlf with their dirine protector. Close by is a modern temple of Radha Krishan or Bihari JL
On the other side of the water is a ruinous temple in the old style of architecture, dedicated to
Morli Manohar, -with & tikluira of currilinear outline «Ter the god, andamanrfap with three
open wxhea OB either side to sore as the naTe, The buildings in the fort are of substantial cha-
racter &aA comprise, besides the temple and ordinary domestic offices, & court-room with stone
arcades, the toof of which command* a Tery extensive riew of the country found as far as Ma-
£» Bnnd&bin, «*a Handgawa. The front of the temple of Sita Earn is an interesting and
fipccimmof areMteetBr&l eclecticism; the pilkrs being thoroughly Hindu in their
pfogortiooi, feat with capitals of semi-Corinthian design; not unlike some early adaptations of
Greek mo«» found in the rained cMes of the Euasufzai. The Gosain belongs to the Sri Sam*
pnttya. The ten it one of the station* of the Ban-jltta, and the mela is held in it on Bhadoa.